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Minor: German Language
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In my opinion, one of the greatest experiences is feeling a bright sense of positivity when you take in all that Carolina’s campus has to offer. For me, that feeling is brightest whenever I leave Steele or Hardin after an appointment with my advisor. Academic Advising has always provided me with reassurance about my own personal talents, skills, and interests, reminding me that there is always a way to apply them here at Carolina. During my time as an Orientation Leader, I felt such strong connections with my students when they would talk with me about their ideal plans for their time here and beyond, and the different types of passions they had and wanted to learn more about. I became an Advising Peer to learn more about my fellow students on campus and hopefully inspire them the way they always inspire me. I aspire to instill that feeling of excitement and hope with each student I advise, the way my advisors have done (and still do!) for me.
Why I love CarolinaI never had a ‘dream school’, or a ‘top choice’; quite frankly, I was wholly unsure of how I wanted my college experience to be. I toured every school I applied to, and when I finally toured Carolina, strangely enough, the trees stuck out to me. I am an artsy sort of person who adores the transcendentalists, so being on this campus, with all of the old, beautiful trees, was a delight. The unmistakable aura of prestige and history in an already beautiful place made me feel as though I were right at home. I am entirely assured that I made the right choice. I never feel limited in my potential to succeed and there is always somewhere beautiful outside to be explored.
How I Chose My Majors & StudiesTo make a long story short, I am doing what I love. After several changes to my declared major in the system, I settled on a double major in History and Global Studies. Both of these majors gave me the option to take courses from my favorite department as well as take interdisciplinary courses that would allow me to explore new subjects and branch out in terms of knowledge and interests. I recently added on a minor in German, as I am hoping to study abroad in Germany within the next couple of years as a part of a program dedicated to learning about international politics. This course has allowed me to rekindle a dream of mine I’ve had since middle school, of going to law school following my graduation. I hadn’t felt confident in my skills and abilities until I came to Carolina, where I am now happy to call myself a pre-law student who hopes to practice international law someday. Even so, I wouldn’t mind if I became the curator of a museum or a library one day. Either way, I know that my course of study here at Carolina is leading me towards potential careers that I will most definitely love, and that I can most definitely make a difference with.
Advice on Getting the Most Out of Your Carolina ExperienceI arrived at Carolina confused about nearly everything. I hadn’t the slightest idea of what I wanted to major in, what kinds of courses I was interested in taking, and above all, how to succeed. In my experience, the best way to meet new people and get yourself involved in campus life is simple: take it at your own pace. If you need some time to adjust, by all means, take that time for yourself. Everyone’s college experience is different, and it’s definitely worth waiting for. The best part of it all is that you won’t feel as though you have to gauge yourself on how ‘involved’ or ‘successful’ you feel – it will come naturally. All you have to do is keep an open mind and be willing to try new things as you are able. Carolina is a place where you are encouraged to explore outside of your comfort zone while having it benefit you in amazing ways through the people you meet and the things you see, do, and learn. The bottom line is this: stay true to yourself – don’t give up on your passions, but always be open to the new things that come your way.
Making an ImpactIn the late fall of my first semester at Carolina, I received a recommendation e-mail from the Office of New Student and Carolina Parent Programs, stating that I had been recommended by one of my peers to apply for the position of Orientation Leader. As an introvert who hadn’t made very many friends at Carolina yet and was still struggling to adapt to the differences of college life, I immediately felt doubtful. Nonetheless, something compelled me to fill out the application, and I was incredibly surprised when I received the offer for the position that December. As I met my future teammates and close friends, I found myself learning about the plentiful opportunities Carolina has to offer, as well as growing as not only a student leader, but a person. Meeting so many wonderful students and faculty members through my time as an Orientation Leader left me with fond memories of learning experiences both enlightening and challenging, as well as giving me a sense of purpose. The e-mail I received so long ago led me to a wonderful adventure of self-discovery, and it completely restored the confidence in myself that I needed to be successful at Carolina. My advice to you is to do what I did when I received that first e-mai – take a chance. Make an adventure out of your time here, and be open to what you’ll learn along the way. Anything could happen.
Fun Facts About MeI love to paint the mountains and they sky, obsessively play Pokémon games, and walk through rivers on sunny days. Life is best when you’re fancily dressed, autumn is my favorite season, and I can think of no better way to spend a Saturday night than swing dancing. I am an amateur ocarina player whenever I feel like it, my favorite color is turquoise, and my favorite kinds of clouds look like paintbrush strokes.
I became an Advising Peer because I have a passion for helping fellow students realize their potential. I believe that academic success is key to having a great college experience.
Why I love CarolinaI chose Carolina because of the wealth of opportunities and support the school offers. The University’s diversity is one of its biggest perks because everything remains fresh and new; nothing ever gets stale here. For these reasons I have grown to love Carolina.
How I Chose My MajorSimply put, I have a passion for History. I think it is important to know about forces and events from the past in order to explain what is going on in the world today. Also I think History serves as a good basis for my other interests, like German and Philosophy.
How I Have Grown at CarolinaDuring my first year here at Carolina, I simply did not know or like myself. As one can imagine, lacking self-confidence and certainty can negatively impact your academic/social progress in college. I considered dropping out on a number of occasions and I always questioned what my worth as a person. But being here at Carolina has taught me one thing: I am someone with the ability to realize my huge potential, and that the failures I had/am currently going through will validate the successes I will enjoy in the future.
As Carolina students we may get caught up in the competition, wanting to excel and be the best. All that is fine, but I challenge students to never doubt their self-worth and ability.
Resources I RecommendI definitely recommend Counseling and Psychological Services and The Learning and Writing Centers. The Learning and Writing Center always offers tutoring and support, tips and tricks that helps students get through their coursework with success. With CAPS, it is important for all students to take care of of their physical and mental well-being.
Fun Facts About MeI love (can speak very little) German, the language everyone seems to think is harsh. I do Monkey Kung Fu (but I would rather not fight lol), play piano, draw (even though I have not done anything in awhile), play basketball with friends, reading, and traveling. Oh yea, I like to dance (but the only move I know is the cabbage patch).
Major:Management & Society and Sociology doubleI chose to be an Advising Peer because I am looking to go into the field of Higher Education Administration. I really enjoy helping people getting people to where they need to be in order to succeed. I feel that the Advising Peer Program is a fantastic way to gain experience in the Higher Education field and to be involved on campus.
How I chose my majorsI chose my majors after a couple mishaps with other majors. For the longest time I thought I wanted to go into science, just because I felt like that’s what people would admire the most. After getting my butt kicked in a few Biology classes, I quickly reverted to the drawing board. It took me a while, but I finally realized that I wanted to go into a field that heavily dealt with people. In Sociology and Management and Society, that’s about all there is. I also feel like these two majors will be great to have when going into the Higher Education field, because they are so heavily involved with social interaction.
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Why I Am an Advising PeerI am seriously considering Academic Advising as a career so being an Advising Peer was an obvious choice for me! This program is a wonderful opportunity to help my peers get the most out of their time here at UNC and make them feel more confident in their academic choices.
Why I love CarolinaI love Carolina in so many ways it’s impossible to list them all! This school has so much to offer whether it be amazing sports teams, a breathtakingly beautiful campus, and most importantly awesome people! Everyone here is so passionate and they do such great things for the school, the community, and beyond. I feel like Carolina students inspire each other to be more than they ever thought they could be!
How I Am Choosing An Area of StudyI am still undecided but am most likely going to be a History Major with a concentration in American History. I think that being undecided actually has not hurt me in the least! I have taken what interest me while knocking out general education requirements in the process. College is about self-exploration and unless you have a lengthy major in mind that will take every bit of your 8 semesters here why not try a few things out first to find what you love?
How to Get InvolvedAsk, ask, ask! Ask your friends what clubs they are in and if it sounds interesting tag along to a meeting. Ask the people in the pit about the groups they represent, I mean that is why they are out there. You never know what opportunities you will discover from one of your amazing peers. Getting involved can help you gain lifelong friendships and crucial experience for life beyond Carolina!
A Big Challenge I’ve Faced in CollegeMy toughest struggle was adjusting to college life at the beginning of my freshmen year. I was not happy here despite how much I loved the school. I was accustomed to a tiny high school where I knew everyone and they knew me. I hated not knowing anyone and was considering transferring. Luckily intramural volleyball season started just in time. I joined a team alone and I met girls that are now some of my closest friends on campus! It’s hard to get yourself out there at first but once I did I was finally happy and able to begin enjoying my time at my dream school!
My FavoritesFavorite Things: PUPPIES
The Pittsburgh Steelers
Resources I RecommendITS: UNC Secure, that is why you should visit them. They will get your computer and the finicky wifi we have here working together again quickly so you can finish that online assignment you have been putting off!
CAPS: It’s tough here at Carolina and being at college in general. Sometimes you might feel overwhelmed and anxious and if you cannot deal with alone CAPS is there for you! Utilize it so you can feel better and get back to enjoying “the greatest 4 years of your life”.
Peer Tutoring: These guys are awesome! If you are intimidated by office hours or just don’t get the professor’s teaching style this is a great alternative. You can have a fellow student help you understand material and get great study tips along they way!